Metals X builds mobile automation centres at Nifty copper mine

Remote Control Technologies (RCT) has retrofitted two troop carriers at Metal X’s Nifty copper mine mine in Western Australia, transforming the vehicles into a fully functional mobile automation centre.

RCT said the extensive modifications on the Land Cruiser troop carriers were significantly more extensive than any of the company’s previous works.

Phill Dean, RCT account manager,  said, “It was a custom-driven solution as requested by the client and made possible by RCT’s customer service team.”

The newly developed mobile automation centre is equipped with the following technologies:

  • ControlMaster teleremote platform – a fully autonomous fleet that allows operators to work at a safe distance
  • Muirhead engine protection systems – a damage protection system that can prevent catastrophic engine failure
  • AusProTec maxi vision camera – a reverse vision fitted into vehicles.

Other safety features specially requested by Metals X included the installation of an alloy floor plate to give operators easy and safe access in and out of the vehicles, and the replacement of the vehicles’ rear windows with sheet metal to increase their durability and safety.

Nifty is a fly in–fly out operation and features a 2.5Mt/y copper concentrator in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. The site employs an extensive site infrastructure including a powerhouse, camp and airfield.

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